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Cloud storage comparisons: Pros and cons of each service

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Having now been introduced to Microsoft’s SkyDrive and Google’s Drive earlier this year, more and more of us are opting to store our e-files on the cloud. But which paid service is the best for what you want? Read on for an overview of each cloud storage service…

Apple iCloud

Applications support iCloud and synchronisation across all the user’s Apple devices, so this isn’t necessarily a cloud storage service in its own right – unless you’re an Apple customer.

Beware, though, because although it’s handy that syncing occurs automatically, this automation also means that documents you might not really want to entrust to the cloud might actually get shared to it – not great. And, as you’d expect, cross platform support is virtually non-existent.

Box

This service carries the highest premium, but is also the most business centric. Offering a host of extra apps that are compatible with its service, its plans also include LDAP support and Active Directory.

Because this service works well across a number of platforms, any change in service policy from the bigger companies is less likely to affect your business much. On the other hand, now that free alternatives are emerging, watch out for companies like Box, who will need to alter their offerings if they’re going to compete.

Dropbox

Users can save a file to their Mac or PC’s Dropbox folder, which will automatically sync everywhere, even to iOS and Android mobile devices. The assimilation with Mac and Windows is great with this service, and it also offers fantastic apps on the supported mobile platforms – i.e. Android and Apple – no Windows Phone 7/8 yet. The downside with this one is that its security record isn’t flawless.

Egnyte

Egnyte’s service is user-friendly and offers comprehensive smartphone compatibility. Not only this, but it’s competitively priced and offers users a wide variety of pricing plans, as well as a number of access options.

While Egnyte isn’t necessarily the least expensive service around, users can be sure that their documents are safe, because Egnyte has one of the best security records in the industry. (www.egnyte.com)

Google Drive

An extension of Google’s online office suite, this isn’t really an online storage service proper. And while it’s true that users can upsize storage capacity to 16TB, it’s likely that those with this need will stick with Drive instead of turning to a specialist company.

Unfortunately, users aren’t able to edit documents offline, and Google will, as it does with your Gmail, probably go through any data in the documents and use it as fodder for targeted advertising.

Microsoft SkyDrive

Much like that of Google’s Drive, SkyDrive’s service is mainly a support service to Microsoft’s other online apps. There’s no Android client, unfortunately, but documents are editable both on- and offline, which is handy.

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October 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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FriendFeed Subscribers Now Included In RSS Subscribers Stats

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friendfeedThe problem with existing RSS feed measurement services nowadays is that — there is never a best way to count all the RSS subscribers out there who have many many ways to subscribe to your RSS feed on apps like Twitter, Google Reader and many more. But now, FriendFeed the social aggregator might have just made the subscribers stats a bit closer to the actual values. From now onwards, FriendFeed subscribers counts will be included in the total RSS subscribers count. Now that is good if you also share your RSS content on your FriendFeed account, it makes measuring the RSS subscribers a whole lot easier. And with the widespread use of social networking and social bookmarking, stuffs get shared around so it’s pretty hard to get the actual RSS subscribers count right. But on a side-note, you should start subscribing to our blog by RSS or Twitter if you have not!!

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June 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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Share Your Videos: YouTube Just Got More Social

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youtubeIt’s the time of social Web 2.0 — so what better way to get more social other than sharing your videos? From now on, you can have your YouTube account automatically update your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, and Google Reader shared items when you upload a video. It’s pretty simple, just upload a video and YouTube will do the job for you. Now get going and share your videos — and if you have a great video, be sure to share it with us on our Twitter account!!

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June 13, 2009 at 3:14 am

Twitter Launches Verified Accounts Beta

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twitterTwitter was recently entangled in a lawsuit due to an impersonation case of Tony La Russa and La Russ bought Twitter to court. And though it was widely reported that Twitter was to pay La Russa legal fees, Twitter has refuted the report by saying that it has no intent to pay him any time now. But this impersonation has brought up an issue to clear up confusion and ensure authenticity of famous users on Twitter. So Twitter has launched Verified Accounts Beta in an attempt to prevent impersonation again. Twitter explains it as follows:

The experiment will begin with public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation. We hope to verify more accounts in the future but due to the resources required, verification will begin only with a small set.

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So far, some accounts that have been verified so far include Mashable, and Michael Arrington. Of course, what might be confusing about this is the criteria — how high-profile do you have to be in order to get verified? What do you think — comment and let us know.

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June 13, 2009 at 12:46 am

TweetPhoto Goes Live: The Next Big Twitter Photo-Sharing Service?

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tweetphotoWe are always on the constant lookout for the latest and coolest Twitter apps and services. And that pretty much include Twitter photo-sharing services as well. Just recently a new Twitter photo-sharing service called TweetPhoto was launched and after trying it out, we think it might just be the next big photo-sharing since Twitpic. Here is a quick rundown and review of what TweetPhoto is all about.

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TweetPhoto was initially in private beta a few months ago but has since gone live on Thursday April 30th and it seems like it was already quite popular in its initial stages. And to give it a test run, just log in with your Twitter username and password and you will be greeted with a simple and neat interface. Then, you can upload a photo, tag it, and tweet it along with a message. From there, you can explore even more awesome functions like viewing other Twitter user’s photo, favorite them and commenting them.

Other additional stuffs included are widgets integration as well as an API which might proved useful to some. Other than that, TweetPhoto proves to be very good and we are already loving it. Be sure to try it out!! You might just love it!! Here is a quick list of features in TweetPhoto:

  • Upload photos by email, mobile or web
  • See who viewed any photo
  • Favorite or retweet any photo
  • Photos are automatically geo-tagged
  • Filter photos by Twitter or Facebook friends
  • Automatically publish photos to Facebook
  • Search photos and see trending tags

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May 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm

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